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Mary L. Dyckman Collection

Identifier: MG Dyckman -(Main)

Scope and Contents

The Dyckman collection consists largely of reports, research files, statements, printed material, photographs, clippings, and a small amount of correspondence related to the work of the Consumers League of New Jersey and only a small amount of biographical material on Dyckman herself. Although there are some records from the 1940s and 1950s, when the League was based in Newark, the bulk of the collection dates from the 1960s-1980s, when the League had relocated to Montclair.

Organized in 6 boxes :

Box #1. Mary Dyckman's biographical data and reminiscences, files on Juvenile Delinquency Commission, Dr. Harrison Stanford Martland, Radium Poisoning (1925-1939), Consumers League of New Jersey (1960-1982) and its history (1900-1969), Workman's Compensation Laws (1963), and correspondence ;

Box #2. Correspondence on CLNJ (1950) and proposals for improvements of labor laws, newspaper clippings, resolutions, papers, speeches, testimony, related to Medicare and Workman's Compensation, files and newspaper clippings on Minimum Wages (1956-) ;

Box #3. Files on Health (1965-66), Food Sanitation (1973-74), Public Health (1977), Meat Inspection (1970), Milk Pricing (1977), Food Stamp Program, Meat-USDA, Cancer Control Bill, Food and Nutrition, Food Advertising, Legislative Accountability Project, President's correspondence ;

Box #4. Files and newspaper clippings on Occupational Health and Safety (Osha), Meat and Poultry, Public Health Committee, Milk, Frozen Desserts, Canned products, Consumer Register Responses ;

Box #5. Files on "For the Consumer" (1968-71), Medicare, Task Force-Final Report (1968), scrapbooks on Asbestos (1979-84) and Toxic Substances (1974-84) ;

Box #6. Files on Workmen's Compensation (1968-81), a binder containing papers related to Workmen's Compensation (1961-81), files on genesis and Darwin, League of Women Voters of the Oranges, audio tape (Reminiscence), and a published article "Radium" by Katherine Schaub.

Mary Dyckman's reminiscences and biographical information (in Box 1) and the transcripts, notes, and an audiocassette tape of an interview with Dyckman by Susanna P. Zwemer (in Boxes 1 and 6) contain accounts of Dyckman's work in Newark. Also in Box 6 are: a ticket for the CLNJ's 50th anniversary idnner at the Essex House; a copy of a clipping describing the CLNJ's 1956 annual dinner, in Newark, at which Dyckman announced her retirement as president; a transcript of Dyckman's testimony, as Chair of the CLNJ Committee on Workmen's Compensation, before the New Jersey Workmen's Compensation Commission, Newark (1973) and a report, "Poverty in the Land of Plenty: The Seasonal Farm Worker in New Jersey," issued by the Governor's Task Force on Migrant Farm Labor (Furman Templeton of Newark was the secretary of the Task Force;1967-1968).


  • 1925 - 1984
  • Majority of material found within 1960s - 1984


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Lang Dyckman (1886-1984) born in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, grew up in Orange, New Jersey, where her parents, Louise Chance Heroy and Francis Hamilton Dyckman, had moved when she was a child. Dyckman trained as a social worker in Massachusetts, and one of her early jobs was in Newark, as the District Secretary in the North End for the Newark Bureau of Associated Charities. She worked closely with Italian families in Newark, gaining the trust of newly arrived immigrants because she could speak Italian. In 1915 she wrote an extensive paper on three of Italian families with whom she had worked. The paper, according to Dyckman, was published anonymously by the Russell Sage Foundation. Dyckman worked for social service agencies in Bloomfield, NJ and in Brooklyn before retiring in the 1930s. In her retirement she volunteered with the Consumers League of New Jersey and the Local Assistance Board of Orange.

The Consumers League of New Jersey was founded in 1900 to "improve working conditions of women and children in industry." In later years the scope of the League's work expanded to include issues of safety, working conditions, migrant labor, fair compensation for all workers, product labeling, and general consumer protection.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


No finding aid, text from catalog and (Newark Archives Project).
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

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Newark Public Library
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Newark NJ 07102 United States